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  1. ChrysanthemumWhiteRust by Jane Trolinger, Ph.D. Syngenta Flowers, Inc.

  2. Today’s Topics • CWR caused by Puccinia horiana How Chrysanthemum White Rust (CWR) can impact chrysanthemum production How to recognize the symptoms/signs How to protect your crops

  3. Importance of Chrysanthemum White Rust caused by Puccinia horiana Can spread rapidly in a greenhouse or nursery resulting in severe losses A quarantine disease in the United States and Canada Introduction from overseas has had a significant impact to the chrysanthemum industry in US and Canada

  4. First symptoms are yellow spots on upper leaf surfaces up to 4 mm in diameter

  5. Prominent pustules subsequently develop on lower surfaces of leaves

  6. Pustules are pinkish buff in the beginning

  7. Pustules become waxy white

  8. Upper and lower leaf surfaces

  9. LOOK! New observation in 2010: Pustules can also be found on the upper leaf surface

  10. Another new observation in 2010: Purple rather than yellow spots associated with the white pustules

  11. Note yellow spots and pustules on upper leaf surface

  12. Brown Rust or Chrysanthemum Rust is distinct from CWR • Puccinia tanaceti (Puccinia chrysanthemi) • Chocolate brown pustules • Present in U.S. • Rarely causes heavy losses • Not a quarantine pest

  13. Do not confuse White or Brown Rust with Slime Mold Close up Slime Mold on underside chrysanthemum leaf with most fruiting bodies erupted Slime Mold on underside of chrysanthemum leaf Slime Molds do not infect plants but they blemish them by growing on the surface of plants

  14. Chrysanthemum White Rust Pustules Most common on young leaves and flower bracts Can be found on any green tissue; this is a way CWR can move on cut flowers


  16. CWRHost Range 12 species of chrysanthemum susceptible • Pot mums, cut mums, and garden mumsChrysanthemum morifolium • Nippon daisy or Montauk daisy Nipponanthemum nipponicum • Ajania pacifica(syn.Chrysanthemum pacificum) • Giant daisy or High daisy Leucanthemella serotina, (syn. Chrysanthemum serotinum) Click here for USDA Host Range (Appendix VI)(See page 19) Note: When opening links from this Webinar, close the link after viewing -- and before you try to open the next link!

  17. HOW DOES CWR INFECT MUMS? Spores are carried through the air, by humans, or by water from an infected plant to a new plant Two kinds of spores: Surviving spores (teliospores) Infecting spores (basidiospores) Why is that important? The 2nd spore type (basidiospore) must be formed before there will be any appreciable spread of the disease and conditions must be correct before the 2nd spore type is formed at all

  18. The survivors - teliospores Can last for 8 weeks on dried leaves! They survive only one to three weeks if infected tissue is buried under soil – so bury your cull piles with at least 2 inches of soil! Are produced in pustules and remain in pustules unless the teliospores are aggressively brushed off Produce the basidiospores when conditions are moist for 3 hours (optimum temperature = 63°F)

  19. The “infectors” - basidiospores Can cause epidemic if conditions are right Spread from plant to plant by splashing water and human handling Must have film of water on plant surface for infection Infection (host penetration) can occur in 2 hours at optimum temperature of 63°F Can travel up to about 1/2 mile by wind currents during moist weather Survive: --only 5 minutes when relative humidity is 80% or below --and less than 60 minutes when relative humidity is 90%

  20. Possible sources of CWR for US and Canada Imported chrysanthemum cut flowers with infection Smuggled chrysanthemum material Overwintering (?) in environment (currently being researched)

  21. How do we try to keep white rust out of the US and Canada? White rust prevention system required by USDA in countries exporting cut mums to U.S. Inspection of chrysanthemum cut flowers at U.S. ports of entry (note: no inspection in Canada) Quarantine of imported propagation material (cuttings) into U.S. Click here for more details

  22. CWR Prevention within the US and Canada Plant ONLY cuttings from reputable commercial source Scout crop regularly from stick to sale Imported cut mums should never be handled in or near mum-growing facilities because spores can be moved by worker handling and by wind (up to ½ mile away) -They can be infectedand not yet show symptoms or signs Maintain low humidity and dry foliage Schedule regular applications of preventive fungicides if you are in an area where CWR has been previously reported e.g. if within ½ mile of residential area or cemetery

  23. Fungicides useful to prevent CWR (alphabetized by brand) Banner Maxx® (propiconazole) Cygnus® (kresoxim-methyl) Daconil Ultrex® (chlorothalonil) Dithane® 75 DF (mancozeb) Heritage® (azoxystrobin) Insignia® (pyraclostrobin) Pageant® (pyraclostrobin + boscalid) Strike® (triadimefon) Terraguard® (triflumizole) Eagle® (myclobutanil) is best used as an eradicant and not as a preventive. If you are in a high risk area and conditions are favorable for CWR, we recommend a prevention program (described in CWR Bulletin). ©2010 Syngenta Flowers, Inc., P.O. Box 1349, Gilroy, California 95021. Important: Always read and follow label instructions before buying or using Syngenta products. The instructions contain important conditions of sale, including limitations of warranty and remedy. Banner Max®, Daconil Ultrex®, Heritage®, and the Syngenta logo are registered trademarks of a Syngenta Group Company. Dithane®. Pageant® and Eagle® are registered trademarks of Dow AgroSciences, LLC.  Cygnus® is a registered trademark of BASF Corporation. Strike® is a registered trademark of OHP, Inc.  Terraguard® is a registered trademark of Chemtura Corporation. Click here for spray schedule(See page 4)

  24. If you find CWR Report it: this is the law S. Anwar Rizvi USDA-APHIS-PPQ-EDP,  Unit 160 4700 River Road, Riverdale, MD  20737 Tel: (301) 734-4313 E-mail: Inform USDA, CFIA, state, or county regulatory officials Regulatory officials will supervise eradication and treatment program

  25. Why is it important to report chrysanthemum white rust? Make sure grower and retailer losses are minimized Try to keep it from spreading in the chrysanthemum industry Collect data on the location of the finds and document information about the disease spread to maximize prevention for the future

  26. Eradication and treatment program Infected nursery (chrysanthemums) will receive an Emergency Action Notice preventing shipment until declared “free” Required destruction of symptomatic plants and the surrounding one-meter radius Three treatments, at 5-7 day intervals, with eradicant fungicide (e.g. myclobutanil = Eagle) Final inspection 5-7 days after 3rd treatment; if no CWR, plants released for sale Can be very disruptive to normal business operations click here for US National Protocol

  27. You and Your Inspector • Become familiar with the National Protocol for CWR eradication by visiting • • Be aware that if a “stop shipment” has been placed on your crop and the inspections are being prolonged while CWR might be spreading, you may have the right to ask that the inspections be done in sections. • This may then enable you to go ahead and begin the eradicant fungicide applications in completed areas thereby better protecting your yield.

  28. In Conclusion • EXCLUDE • PREVENT • ERADICATE • Click Here for CWR Bulletin

  29. Photo credits 2, 4, 5, 6, 7 Pennsylvania Dept of Agriculture and USDA, APHIS (permission Anwar Rizvi) 8, 12 Margery Daughtrey, Cornell University 13a Mark Esoldo, Syngenta Flowers, Inc. 9, 10, 11 Tracey Olson, Pennsylvania Dept of Agriculture